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Local radio gives liberal talk the business (Air America gone from Atlanta)
Creative Loafing.com ^ | 7/12/06 | ALYSSA ABKOWITZ

Posted on 07/13/2006 6:32:29 PM PDT by LdSentinal

Air America has signed off in Atlanta, with few immediate prospects for finding a new home.

J.W. Broadcasting, which purchased the Atlanta affiliate that broadcast Air America, has launched a business talk format on WCFO-AM 1160. "After doing some research, I realized [Atlanta] was the only top 10 radio market without a business talk station," says Jeff Davis, vice president/general manager for J.W. Broadcasting. "It was needed."

The decision comes as a letdown for local liberal listeners and Air America execs. Until J.W. Broadcasting purchased its second area station in late January, the 1690 dial had served as the home of Air America, the only liberal AM talk radio in a market saturated by conservative talk show hosts such as Neal Boortz and Laura Ingraham.

J.W. Broadcasting owns two AM frequencies: 1160 and 1690. The company switched its eclectic programming of R&B, jazz and poetry on WMLB from 1160 to 1690 because that frequency has a stronger signal.

Davis told CL in May that they were considering continuing the Air America programming on 1160. In the end, he says he chose financial programming because 1160's signals are strongest in Cobb and Gwinnett counties, where left-leaning programming wouldn't suit the mostly conservative crowd. "The Republican business types are out there," Davis says. "If we carried Air America, we'd get nothing but complaints."

Meanwhile, Jon Sinton, the president of Air America who happens to live in Marietta, says he's continuing to shop Air America around the Atlanta area. He says J.W. Broadcasting continues to broadcast Al Franken on WMLB 1690 dial in the afternoons, and that he's received numerous calls and e-mails asking for Air America to come back.

"The outcry for [Air America] has been very gratifying," Sinton says. "We're talking to some other people to see what we can do."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: airalqueda; airamerica; atlanta; franken; liberaltalkradio; losers; radio; rhodes
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1 posted on 07/13/2006 6:32:32 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

They were the air in Atlanta before now?

I never noticed.


2 posted on 07/13/2006 6:34:13 PM PDT by gondramB (The options on the table have been there from the beginning. Withdraw and fail or commit and succeed)
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To: LdSentinal

1690?--isn't that the frequency where fish depth finders operate?


3 posted on 07/13/2006 6:35:29 PM PDT by Carl LaFong ("Watch out for snakes!")
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To: LdSentinal
The decision comes as a letdown for local liberal listeners

They still have NPR.

4 posted on 07/13/2006 6:36:07 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango

....And NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Pee Wee's Playhouse, the New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer....


5 posted on 07/13/2006 6:39:20 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: LdSentinal
"If we carried Air America, we'd get nothing but complaints."

Probably not but, then again, you wouldn't get many listeners either.

6 posted on 07/13/2006 6:39:31 PM PDT by Bob
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To: LdSentinal

Air America gets dropped from their NYC affiliate on August 31st.


7 posted on 07/13/2006 6:39:48 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: LdSentinal

> ... comes as a letdown for local liberal listeners and ...

Typo. Should be:
"... for the one local liberal listener ..."

Which was the ultimate problem.


8 posted on 07/13/2006 6:40:16 PM PDT by Boundless
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To: LdSentinal
And they get replaced by, of all things, business news. I can hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth of all the Atlanta DUmmies from where I am.
9 posted on 07/13/2006 6:40:36 PM PDT by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: LdSentinal

Tick...tick....tick....


10 posted on 07/13/2006 6:42:10 PM PDT by eric_da_grate
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This is just so cool!


11 posted on 07/13/2006 6:42:25 PM PDT by crghill
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To: jimbo123

So where are the remaining bastions of Air America?


12 posted on 07/13/2006 6:46:15 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: Carl LaFong
1690?--isn't that the frequency where fish depth finders operate?

As Carlin said in his old radio DJ skit..."1690 on your dial,kids..just above the police calls".

13 posted on 07/13/2006 6:46:30 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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"Ha ha!"
14 posted on 07/13/2006 6:47:11 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Man was made in the image of God, not pond scum)
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To: Gordongekko909
And they get replaced by, of all things, business news. I can hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth of all the Atlanta DUmmies from where I am.

Ah, yes. The corporations are taking over, huh?
15 posted on 07/13/2006 6:50:16 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: CheyennePress

That's what the DUmmies will be screaming. "Corporate censorship!"


16 posted on 07/13/2006 6:51:18 PM PDT by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: LdSentinal
Meanwhile, Jon Sinton, the president of Air America who happens to live in Marietta, says he's continuing to shop Air America around the Atlanta area. He says J.W. Broadcasting continues to broadcast Al Franken on WMLB 1690 dial in the afternoons, and that he's received numerous calls and e-mails asking for Air America to come back.

Hmmm.. numerous-- 2 emails from earthgirl@peace.tv and tofu.tutu@straightgay.confused.net plus 2 calls from people with animal names and his mother.

17 posted on 07/13/2006 6:51:25 PM PDT by hatfieldmccoy (Satan has a new name and it is Islam)
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To: Lancey Howard
....And NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Pee Wee's Playhouse, the New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer....

HEY!! I liked PeeWee's Playhouse! You don't need to lump that in there.

18 posted on 07/13/2006 6:52:00 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Yes, I used this same joke on Flag Day. So sue me. It's America.)
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To: LdSentinal
Meanwhile, Jon Sinton, the president of Air America who happens to live in Marietta

Oh, the irony!

19 posted on 07/13/2006 6:52:35 PM PDT by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: LdSentinal

HA ha...
and the RATS take another one in the...

20 posted on 07/13/2006 6:58:00 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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